Get It In Chicago: Sixers Well-Heeded to Win Tonight in Game Five

Get It In Chicago: Sixers Well-Heeded to Win Tonight in Game Five

Do you want to see what happens if the Sixers lose tonight? I certainly
don't. Lose this one, and it's just a fragile Game Six in Philadelphia
keeping us from facing decision in front of a super-emotional United
Center crowd in Game Seven. (Which may be a little like Barney saying
"After this case [of beer] and the next case, there's only one case
left!," but still, it's true.) I like the closing mentality we've seen
out of team so far in this series, but if we let this one slip away
tonight, it might start a domino effect for them where the last one
falling is a Game Seven win in the Windy City that leaves everyone
scratching their heads and saying "What the hell happened?"

They need to get it tonight.

If not for this series—we could still win a Game Six at home, sure—then
for the next one. The Celtics seem pretty likely to wrap in five, and we
don't want them to have any rest advantage over us, especially in this
injury-riddled post-season where it seems like escaping 48 minutes of
game action with all of your players' bodies in tact is more of a win
than actually finishing with more points than the other team. Close it
out tonight, get some rest, and see if we can't run the C's off the
court in the next round.

And the Sixers have a very real chance of doing it. Chicago is reeling,
the fanbase bummed beyond bummed, the roster lacking the on-court
leadership to get everyone together and focused. If you believe in
intangible basketball stuff like momentum, then the Liberty Ballers
certainly have all of it right now, and the fact that they've been able
to grind-out these still-close games against a still-solid Bulls team is
very encouraging. But they need to it one more time, and that one more
time needs to be tonight. If you guys can close now, then close it for
real. Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, this is your team now. Act like it. Get
it done.

9:30 tip (for some reason) from the United Center. If the Sixers win
tonight, they won't get half the credit they deserve for beating this
Bulls team, but if they lose tonight, and then a couple more times by
the end of the week, they'll get twice the blame. Don't be that team,
guys. Finish the job, and finish it right. Do it for Tony Battie and
Craig Brackins.

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales


NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: NBC Sports Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned


1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

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Winless Suns fire head coach Earl Watson

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Winless Suns fire head coach Earl Watson

PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns have fired coach Earl Watson just three games in to the NBA season.

The Suns announced the firing Sunday night after hours of meetings at the team's headquarters.

Assistant coach Jay Triano, a former head coach of the Toronto Raptors, was named interim coach. Triano was an assistant at Portland before coming to Phoenix last year.

Watson was promoted from assistant to interim coach of the Suns after Jeff Hornacek was fired Feb. 1, 2016. The interim tag was removed on April 19 of that year. With an extremely young team, the Suns struggled under Watson. He compiled a 33-85 record. Watson's only full season was 2016-17, when the team went 24-58.

The 38-year-old Watson played collegiately at UCLA and in the NBA for 10 seasons. He often spoke of his long talks with John Wooden, emphasized togetherness and a family atmosphere to nurture the young squad but wins were hard to come by.

And owner Robert Sarver apparently didn't like what he saw. Phoenix is 0-3 and two of the losses were especially ugly. The Suns were blown out 124-76 by the Portland in their season opener Wednesday night, the most one-sided loss in franchise history and the most one-sided season opener for any NBA team.

Phoenix was routed by the Clippers in Los Angeles 130-88 on Saturday night.

"I Dont wanna be here," point guard Eric Bledsoe tweeted Sunday, just as the news of Watson's firing surfaced. The tweet by Bledsoe, a former Clipper, was followed by one from the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan saying "Come back home bro."

Bledsoe has been rumored in possible trades for months.

Watson's dismissal is the first NBA coaching change in well over a year. Hornacek's hiring by the New York Knicks, which was finalized in June 2016, had been the most recent change -- and the irony there is that Watson got the job in Phoenix with 33 games left in the 2015-16 season, after the Suns fired Hornacek.

Watson was the league's second-youngest active coach behind the Lakers' Luke Walton, and the Suns were tied with the Chicago Bulls as having the youngest opening-night roster in the NBA this season.

"I'd like to see the fight be a little bit more," Watson said after the blowout loss to the Clippers. "Or a lot more, until you know they're just fatigued."

The Suns came into this season with only four losses by 40 or more points in franchise history. They've had two in the first three games of this season. Phoenix has not made the playoffs in seven years, the longest drought in the franchise's 49-year history.

Watson was the 17th Suns coach in the franchise's history.

This was the first NBA season where every coach who started one year had the same job to begin the next.

Less than a week into 2017-18, that's no longer the case.